DEARBORN STEM ACADEMY

PRINCIPAL NEWS AND NOTES, Vol. 1, No. 3

Week of September 17, 2018

We are off to a good start and students and staff are settling into the new building well. Our first Wednesday early dismissal was smooth and we want to keep reminding you that we leave at 2:00 pm on Wednesdays. Grade 6 students who take transportation through BPS stay with us until 3:00 pm.


How can you help us?


Families can support us by making sure students get here every day and on time. We start serving breakfast at 7:00 am and students report to their first class at 7:30 am.


We also want our students to wear a DSA t-shirt, sweatshirt or polo shirt every day. If you need support please contact Principal Brown or Principal Olsen.

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Did you know?


On October 22 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, the Dearborn STEM Academy will host a visit from Governor Baker and other state and local officials as the Governor kicks-off STEM Week, October 22-26.

How come I didn't get an "M" Bus Card?

Did you move? Do you have the correct address in the system? Please check your address in the School Profile. Thanks.
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"Next Steps" Fair at the Dearborn...

On October 4th from 9-11 a.m Dearborn Stem Academy will host several local colleges and universities in the first of many college and career experiences for our students:


COLLEGE/University/Non-Profit

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Simmons College

WPI

UMass Dartmouth

UMass Amherst

MCPHS

UMass Lowell

Suffolk University

Bridgewater State

U Maine

Wheaton College

Regis College

Brandeis

Year Up


9-9:30: Grade 12

9:30-10: Grade 11

10:10:30: Grade 10

10:30-11: Grade 9

Here is a link our Student-Family Handbook!

We will also have copies available in the Main Office. We are also working on translations.
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Meet our ESL team

Bottom row left to right: Natalina Mendes, Jennifer Goodman

Middle row left to right: Natanael Duarte, Carmen Medina-Silva, Edna Leith

Top row left to right: Amy DeMatteo, Matthew Ruggiero


The ESL team invites you to collaborate with us in supporting our English Learners in any way: creating interdisciplinary units, offering lesson/unit feedback, learning about your content curriculum so we can support students during ESL class, etc. Here's what we do:


Amy DeMatteo-- Director of Instruction for ELs

Natanael Duarte-- Native Literacy (SLIFE) and History 7 & 8 for SEI sections

Jennifer Goodman-- MS and HS ESL 3; HILT 2 for SLIFE

Edna Leith-- HS ESL 3 and HILT 1 for SLIFE

Carmen Medina-Silva-- MS & HS ESL 1

Natalina Mendes-- SLIFE Math and 6 Math for SEI section

Matthew Ruggiero-- MS & HS ESL 2

Uniform...

By the way...what should I wear?


A DSA t-shirt, polo shirt or sweatshirt. It must say DSA. We are not focused on the pants or the shoes; just look school appropriate.


L&M Bargain Store carries the DSA shirts and sweatshirts. They have two locations, one at 745 Dudley Street in Upham's Corner and one in the Plaza at 640 American Legion Highway in Roslindale.

Daily Bell Schedule

The bell schedule is for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On most Wednesdays students will be dismissed at 1:57 pm. On special Wednesdays (1 time per month, starting in October students will be dismissed at 11:00 am.
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Let's communicate!

We will communicate by newsletter with you each week. It will be distributed at the beginning of each school week. The purpose of the newsletter is to inform Dearborn STEM Academy students, staff, and families as well as the greater Dearborn community.


If you would like to add something please submit the contents to the appropriate principal; High School Principal Dana F. Brown, dbrown8@bostonpublicschools.org or Middle School Principal Shelley Olsen, solsen@bostonpublicschools.org


Stories, pictures, calendar reminders, club, activity, and classroom notes are all welcome.

For our high school students:



  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I speak respectfully to all staff and all students within this building.

  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I show up to school and class on time and ready to learn.

  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I only use my cell phone in the cafeteria.

  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I wait until I leave school to use my earbuds or headphones.

  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I wear a DSA Polo shirt, DSA t-shirt, or DSA sweatshirt every day.

  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I self-report...if I need some type of DSA shirt I will see a student support person, administrator, or dean in the morning.

  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I take off my hat, hood, or bandana before I come into the building.

  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I wear slippers or pajama bottoms at home and not at school.

  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I believe that clothing depicting harassment, violence, drugs, or weapons is never cool in school.

  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I take care of my own trash at lunch.

  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I treat this crown jewel of a building with care and respect. It’s our school.

  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I really believe in myself and the staff.

  • I am living up to Dearborn STEM Academy expectations when I dream, plan, set goals, and take positive actions in and out of school in order to succeed.



With all of my support and best wishes,

Dana F. Brown, Principal, Grades 9-12

Call, visit, message

Shelley Olsen, Principal, Grades 6-8, solsen@bostonpublicschools.org


Dana Brown, Principal, Grades 9-12, dbrown8@bostonpublicschools.org

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